VCU poll: Majority of Virginians say they are likely to receive COVID-19 vaccine

While development of multiple VOCID-19 vaccines came quickly - within less than a year - the rollout of the vaccine has not been as expedient.
Posted at 1:56 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:59:12-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A majority of Virginians say they are very likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU.

The poll found that more than 7 in 10 Virginians say they are likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, a 13% increase compared to a September 2020 study.

Researchers found an increase with both whites and minorities, with an increase of 14 points for whites and 8 percentage points for minorities compared to the September poll.

The new poll also found those with higher levels of education and income were also more likely, 82% of those with a family income of over $100,000 per year and 80% of those with a college degree said they were likely to get the vaccine.

"We see the importance of addressing the effects of COVID relative to improved health care needs in areas that have been previously neglected such as education, health and employment,” said former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder.

Among other key findings, the poll found that a majority (54%) of Virginians think it’s safe to send children and staff back to in-person classes in the winter. That represents a 12% increase from September 2020.

The Commonwealth Poll Winter 2021 used a representative sample of 827 adults, age 18 or older, living in Virginia. The telephone interviews were conducted from December 11 - 30. The margin of error for the complete set of weighted data is 5.39 percentage points.

For the full poll results and analysis, click here.